I was doing my devotions this evening and came across a few questions that really made me think.
WHO are you determined to bring to Jesus?
WHERE are you willing to go to follow Jesus?
WHAT sacrifices will you make to follow Jesus?
On April 6 my brother had a stroke. He’s 54 and had 3 heart attacks when he was in his 40s. I really feel lucky to still have him on this planet. I feel God is really trying to get his attention. He still continues to smoke and I don’t see him quitting any time soon, despite our efforts to talk to him about it. He just doesn’t want to hear it. So if you think about it, please pray for him. The next time he has a heart attack or another stroke could definitely kill him. And for him to die without Jesus is definitely a possibility. Pray that we can get through to him.
We don’t have the best relationship so it’s going to be a struggle to talk to him but I know God will be with me. I need to jump out of my comfort zone, which I have been living in for quite some time now.
So to answer the first question….my brother. I’m determined to bring him to Jesus.
I’m reading a book by Kyle Idleman called “Follower: Becoming More than Just a Fan of Jesus.” It’s sort of a spin off from his book “Not a Fan.”
He explains in this book that being a “fan” of Jesus just isn’t going to cut it. We are called to be followers of Christ, dedicated and determined to follow Him in all we do.
He asks several questions throughout the book:
- Have you made a decision FOR Jesus or have you committed TO Jesus?
- Do you know ABOUT Jesus or do you REALLY KNOW Him?
- Is Jesus one of MANY or is He your ONE AND ONLY?
- Are you more focused on the OUTSIDE than the INSIDE?
- Are you a self empowered fan or a Spirit filled follower?
Fans of Jesus worry about what people will think of them. Followers are not concerned with this and are determined to follow Jesus in all they do and say.
I definitely recommend reading this. Kyle really makes things clear on the difference between being a fan or a follower of Jesus.